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Lab Section:  Sendout  
Lab Location:  Sendout
Reference Lab: Quest 
Test ID: LAB6939 
Synonyms: Microsporidia Exam
Methodology: Microscopy
Schedule: Monday-Friday
Reported: 7 days
Specimen Requirements:  Collection: 5.0 g 10% formalin container, or Total-Fix® transport vial
Pediatric volume: 2 g.
10% formalin or Total-Fix® transport vial.
Duodenal aspirate • CSF • Conjunctival/corneal scrapings • BAL/Nasal secretions • Urine sediments also acceptable.
Transport: Preserved or fixed: Room temperature Raw specimens: Refrigerated.
Unacceptable conditions: Unpreserved stool • Stool in Cary-Blair or PVA • Received frozen
Stability: Preserved or fixed Room temperature: 30 days Refrigerated: 30 days Frozen: Unacceptable Raw specimens Room temperature: Unacceptable Refrigerated: 7 days Frozen: Unacceptable


Clinical Indications: Microsporidia infection was first recognized as a cause of chronic diarrhea in patients infected with HIV. Microsporidia may also cause pneumonia, acute bilateral keratoconjunctivitis, and infection of the biliary and pancreatic ducts.

Smear and Concentration (if performed)

Reference Interval:  See patient report or consult reference laboratory website.
CPT Code(s): 87207, 87015 if performed
Last Changed: 06/22/2017 09:56:41
Last Reviewed: 12/27/2016 00:51:34